• Tony Allen – Skills for Security
  • Alex Carmichael – Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB)
  • David Clark – ASIS International – UK Chapter
  • Jane Farrell – International Professional Security Association (IPSA)
  • Richard Jenkins – National Security inspectorate (NSI)
  • Guy Mathias – Security Commonwealth
  • Alexandra Payne – International Security Management Association
  • Don Randall – The Register of Chartered Security Professionals (CSyP) / City of London Crime Prevention Association (CoLCPA)
  • Mike Reddington – British Security Industry Association (BSIA)
  • Nicholas Reed – National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS)
  • Jonathan Schulten – The Security Institute
  • Sarb Sembhi – Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
  • Emma Shaw – The Defence Industry Security Association (DISA)
  • Elizabeth Sheldon – Aerospace, Defence and Security (ADS)
  • Dr Emmeline Taylor – University of London
  • Gary Thomas – Association of Security Consultants (ASC)
  • Ian Todd – Security Industry Authority (SIA)
  • Engr. Emmanuel Uwalaka – M.Sc. in HSE, MNIM, MASSE, MOSHAOSHAssociation UK
  • Andy Williams – TINYg
  • Geoff Zeidler – Police and Security Group (PaS)

Tony Allen

Tony Allen has nearly 40 years’ experience in the security industry, having worked for some of the industries leaders in electronic security design and manufacture.

This is coupled with experience in the major security markets of the UK, USA and Europe.

A hardened supporter of standards and performance excellence Tony has been a long-time supporter and active member of the BSIA.

He currently chairs the Sector Skills body and apprenticeship provider Skills for Security a company dedicated to improving standards in the industry through apprenticeship training.

Alex Carmichael, CEO

Alex Carmichael

In 2015, Alex Carmichael took over from Geoff Tate as the chief executive of SSAIB – the UK and Ireland’s leading certification body for organisations providing security systems and services, fire detection and alarm systems and manned services – which now has some 1800 registered firms.

Alex joined SSAIB from the British Security Industry Association (BSIA,) where he was director of technical services and exports. His duties on various UK and European committees are helped by his strong technical background and close working relationship with a variety of industry organisations.

 David Clark CPP, PCI PSP

David Clark CPP PCI PSP has been in the security industry for 24 years since leaving the army. David is currently Head of Security for the Francis Crick Institute, a globally renowned unique and high risk scientific research institute where he is responsible for the implementation of the enterprise security risk management programme. Previously, David has been a senior corporate security executive, led on a number of Policing and Counter Terrorism initiatives in London’s South Bank and has designed and implemented executive protection and physical security programs for major organisations in the UK and overseas.

David is Honorary President of ASIS UK Chapter 208, a member of the CSO Center, a Board member of the Security Commonwealth (where he was Chair from 2015-2018).  David is also a member of the SIA strategic forum and a number of other security membership organisations.  David is a Fellow of the Institute of Security Risk Management and a Fellow of the Institute for Leadership & Management.  In 2018, David was voted #1 Global Influencer for Security Management at IFSEC.

Jane Farrell

Jane joined Sodexo in 1982 as a Management Trainee and has successfully worked in various management roles and the delivery of systems training.

Jane developed Sodexo Women in Security in 2012, promoting diversity within the security industry. Jane has won the prestigious Women in Security Industry Award 2013 for encouraging more women into the security industry and the Northern Power Women Transformational Leader award in 2017.

In 2017 Jane was appointed Head of Security for Sodexo UK & Ireland and Chairman of International Professional Security Association.

Richard Jenkins


Richard Jenkins was appointed in March 2014 as CEO at NSI – National Security Inspectorate. As a specialist certification body it maintains a register of over 1800 Approved Companies with NSI Gold approval the most widely recognised and highest benchmark of approval in the Security Systems, Guarding Services and Fire Safety sectors. Integrating Quality Management (BS EN ISO 9001) with Product/Services standards and codes of practice and NSI quality schedules, NSI Gold is a unique approach realising synergies for approved companies  – and maximising inspection regime focus – in the delivery of the highest standards of security and safety in practise.

Richard’s experience – a multi-disciplined career in the private sector in the UK and EMEA., including sales, retail and wholesale distribution, manufacturing and international logistics and systems, with organisations including IKEA, Chubb, Steelcase and Caterpillar, has brought a strong service ethos, with determination to deliver transparency and clarity, in the firm interest of supporting high standards of professionalism and competence in the sector.

Guy Mathias

Guy Mathias OSPAs Judge

Guy is a subject matter expert on Extremism and a former recipient of the prestigious “UK Security Manager of the Year Award for Services to Industry”

He directed counter extremist operations for the Research & Pharmaceutical sector, during an unprecedented campaign of public order threat, violence & intimidation, notably at Huntingdon Life Sciences where he was responsible for security, staff protection and pre-employment/contractor screening. He has also lectured on the threat posed by Extremism to the industrial, academic and government sectors to Police & UK Government bodies, and delivered numerous presentations to international industry & government audiences.

Chair of the UK Pharmaceutical Industry Security Forum 2009 – 2014, he worked in a pivotal role to develop and maintain close working relationships with industrial, academic and Government sectors. Guy was also corporate security advisor to GSK, responsible for auditing their global manufacturing facilities and writing a treatise entitled “Extremism: Past, Present, Future”

He was the Industry Sector lead, Pharmaceutical & Research sector, for the Cross Safety & Security Cascade during the 2012 Olympics. He is a Fellow of the Security Institute and served a six year elected stint as Validation Board Chair & then as Strategy Director.

In October 2017, he was appointed Chair of the Food & Drink Security Association. In September 2018 he was appointed Chair of Eastern Region Cross-sector Safety & Security Cascade (CSSC). In January 2019 he was appointed Chair of The Security Commonwealth.

He has conducted a number of risk and security reviews for organisations in the research & pharmaceutical sector. Guy is currently the Risk & Operations Director at Lucozade Ribena Suntory.

Alexandra Payne

Alex joined AstraZeneca in January 2017 as Head of Global Security. She has responsibility for setting the strategic direction for Global Security and being a primary source of advice to AZ worldwide on the full range of global security matters, including physical security, supply chain security, protective services and investigations in to counterfeit and illegal trade of AZ medicines.

Alex joined AZ from Johnson Matthey where she held various senior roles within Group Security and Risk Assurance. Before her time at Johnson Matthey, Alex’s career was spent in the British Military in various policing and security roles.

Don Randall

Don Randall

Don Randall served with the City of London Police from 1969-1995, with specific emphasis on fraud and counter terrorism.  Following 13 years at JPMorgan Chase as Managing Director, he joined the Bank of England in 2008 and was appointed the Bank’s first Chief Information Security Officer in 2013.

Don is chairman of the ‘Sister Banks’, City of London Crime Prevention Association and ‘Project Griffin’ and a member of the City of London Crime Disorder Reduction Panel.  He is also a member of the London First Security Advisory Board, Executive Member of the London Resilience Board, Chairman of the London Resilience Business Sector Panel and Co-founder and Vice Chairman of the Cross Sector Safety & Security Communications initiative.

Don is a Fellow of the Security Institute and a Chartered Security Professional.  He has also served as an external lay member of the City of London Police Committee.

In 2007, Don was awarded an MBE for services to law enforcement for the harmonisation of the public/private sectors.  He was presented with a Security Excellence Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Security Profession in 2013 and in 2015 was a recipient of the International Police and Public Safety 9/11 Commendation Medal.  In 2018 he received the UK OSPAs Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by the Security Institute.

Don is currently a Senior Security Advisor to several major firms engaged in the following areas: cyber security, legal and regulatory, physical and technical security, international close protection, pre-employment screening, risk management, counter-terrorism, trans-national criminal activities, asset recovery and fraud investigations.

Mike Reddington 

Mike Reddington OSPAs Judge

Mike Reddington is the Chief Executive of the BSIA (British Security Industry Association). The BSIA is a trade association that represents more than 70% of UK companies operating in the professional security industry sector and is recognised as ‘the voice of the professional security industry’.

Mike has worked in the security industry for over 25 years. He began his career in electronic engineering before moving into sales, marketing and management, rising into senior roles for a variety of leading blue chip organisations, such as Honeywell and ADI. He is passionate about the industry with a commitment and drive to identify and develop standards, quality, best practice and professionalism within the security industry. Mike is also a board director of Skills for Security which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the BSIA. Their primary goal is providing apprenticeship training for the security industry sector. Mike also holds an MBA from Leeds University Business School.

Nicholas Reed 

Nicholas Reed OSPAs judge

Nicholas is a Vice Chair and Executive Director for National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS), a professional body providing governance and leadership for security managers in the healthcare sector.

Nicholas is a strategic leader specialising in organisational risk in the fields of security and safety. He has a broad range of industry experience having spent in excess of 19 years in the profession, including over 8 years in the public sector, with exposure across a range of specialised business and industry fields as service provider, consultant and procurer / informed client in respective positions. As well as continually developing his qualifications and knowledge base through continuous professional development Nicholas holds memberships of both SyI and ASIS. Nicholas has a keen interest in human factors involved in creating a security culture and contributing to incidents, and is involved in measures to promote the psychological welfare and well-being of staff in the sector.

Nicholas is currently engaged as head of multiple departments associated with the protective service provisions for a large NHS Foundation Trust in the fields of security, risk, governance and safety management. He is externally involved in active consultancy and development work on expert panels related to healthcare security and other national bodies developing policy, best practice and legislation/guidance standards. He was also included on the UK Security Influencer List (2018 and 2019). He has been on the boards for several community based charitable causes, and is currently a director of a Business Crime Reduction Partnership (cic). Nicholas is also the Associate Industry Sector Leader for the ‘Health’ sector for the South West region of the Cross-sector Safety & Security Communications (CSSC) hub.

Jonathan Schulten

Jonathan Schulten OSPAs Judge

During a full career in the police service Jonathan specialised as a counter terrorism security coordinator (CT SecCo) in the Counter Terrorism Protective Security Command at New Scotland Yard. He devised and delivered complex security operations in order to protect state occasions, senior members of the royal family, high profile public events, iconic venues and vulnerable crowded places. This necessitated a wide range of knowledge and stakeholder engagement across the security industry, from event management through to manned guarding, technical support and close protection.

An active contributor to the security industry, he has participated in reviewing National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the Security Managers , Security Consultants and Events NOS suites at Skills for Security.  Jonathan is a member of the Advisory Council to the International Security Expo.  He is a Fellow and the current Vice Chairman of the Security Institute. He has delivered specialist training abroad and has presented on protective security at  international conferences.


Jonathan currently heads security and resilience for a FTSE100 company, influencing from the operational level up to C suite with oversight of crisis management.

 Sarb Sembhi 

Sarb is the CTO & CISO at Virtually Informed, and has previously been a CTO & CISO for the Noord Group. He has previous worked as a consultant covering most issues in risk and security. Sarb’s contributions to the industry include the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Defence and Security Committee and its Cybersecurity working group. Other contributions include: Past President of the ISACA London Chapter, Chair of ISACA International GRA Region 3 Sub-Committee, Chair of ISACA International GRA Committee, ISSA UK Advisory Group member, InfoSecurity Magazine Editorial Group member. Sarb has also served on several Security Standards Groups, and continues to write for several publications and speak at risk and security events around the world.

Emma Shaw, MBA, CSyP, FSyl

Emma Shaw

Emma is the founder and Managing Director of Esoteric Ltd, a well-established Electronic Bug Sweeping, Counter-Espionage and Intelligence gathering company based in Surrey, UK.  An MBA graduate, and a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) Emma’s early career was spent with the Royal Military Police, followed by a career in the Ministry of Defence.

She is a Vice President of the Security Institute, having previously been Chairman (2013 to 2015); Board Director of the Defence Industry Security Association (DISA) and council member for City and Security Resilience Networks (CSARN).

She is a Non-Executive Director of Kings Security Group Solutions Ltd, and Falanx Group Ltd, an AIM listed geopolitical and intelligence company. In 2012, Emma won the Security Consultant of the Year at the Security Excellence Awards.

Elizabeth Sheldon

Elizabeth Sheldon

Elizabeth has extensive experience working in the security sector. Her achievements include; being Executive Director of Evidence Talks Ltd, winning the National First Woman of Science & Technology 2017, winning 2 Milton Keynes (MK) Women leaders Awards 2016 for Science & Technology & Business Services, being Vice President of Security for  A|D|S Aerospace, Defence and Security industry of the UK and being the Chairman of the Security Sector Board.

She is also a Member of the Security & Resilience Growth Partnership, a Past Chairman of the Covert Technical Supplier Forum of the UK, Advisory board member of Women in International Security and a Member of MK Business Leaders.

She is currently mentoring 3 start-up companies in MK and is a joint organiser for the STEM festival in MK. She is a committee member for Women in STEM and Professional Development with MK Council, a past committee member of F3 – First Forensic Forum of the UK and was previously Co-Founder and Board Director for Biztech in Milton Keynes.

 Dr Emmeline Taylor 

Emmeline Taylor

Dr. Emmeline Taylor is a criminologist in the Department of Sociology at City, University of London. She has completed empirical research on a number of topics including; surveillance technologies, armed robbery, domestic burglary, retail crime, crime and security in education, and several evaluations of criminal justice initiatives in England and Australia. Dr Taylor has published extensively across these fields, including the books Surveillance Schools (Palgrave, 2013), Surveillance Futures (Routledge, 2017, w/T. Rooney), The International Handbook of School Discipline, Surveillance, and Social Control (Palgrave, forthcoming, w/J Deakin and A. Kupchik), and Such is Life: Armed Robbery, Cultural Mythscapes and Affective Transgression (forthcoming). Regularly consulted on a range of issues, Emmeline has a strong and ongoing media presence internationally. She has authored opinion pieces in national newspapers, as well as having her work cited in high profile publications such as The Guardian and The Telegraph. Emmeline is Co-Director of the Surveillance Studies Network, and was formerly the elected state representative for the Australia and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC). Now based in London, she has previously lived and worked in Singapore and Australia.

Ian Todd

Ian Todd UK OSPAs Judge

Ian Todd is Chief Executive of the SIA. Ian joined the SIA on 25 February 2019. He previously held the post of Deputy Director General at the IOPC.  He has held a number of board level roles in professional regulation, including the health and legal sectors.

Ian has also spent time in central government, including the Cabinet Office. He has extensive experience of dealing with the public in a frontline role as his first career was with the NHS ambulance services. Throughout his near 15 years in the ambulance service he was a qualified paramedic and held a number of roles to Director level, including as part of the Gold command team during 7/7.

Ian has a number of academic qualifications, including a Law degree from the University of Wales, an MSC degree from the Open University and an MPLA from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Emmanuel Uwalaka

Emmanuel Uwalaka won the Safety Health Practitioner (SHP) International Rising Star Awards in 2017 and 2019 held at Excel London, United Kingdom.

He is a seasoned and passionate international speaker on Occupational Safety and Health focused on promoting global safety best practices in developing nations. An exceptional leader who motivates employees towards achieving zero accident/injury at workplaces. Also, he has supervised and managed high-profile multi-national projects effectively even under highly pressurised work environments with a Zero Loss Time Injury (LTI).

Emmanuel is a civil engineer by profession and holds a Master’s Degree (M.Sc.) in Health, Safety & Environment from Pebble Hills University Delaware, USA. He has various local and international safety certifications from the UK and USA in the field of health and safety. He is a Certified International HSE Instructor from the American Institute of Professional Studies (AIPS, USA). He is the author of “Safety- Everyone’s Responsibility – for a Secure Future” – one of the best safety books sold in various industries.

As a Safety Analyst, he has consulted for both public and private organisations that understand the benefits of improving their safety management systems: such as Airtel, Etisalat, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NLNG, Addax Petroleum, Deep Blue Sea Energy Ltd and Dangote Sugar Refinery.

As a vibrant and veteran international trainer and speaker on occupational safety and health matters, he has travelled to many countries to make paper presentations, impacting employees of various organisations and individuals in places including Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Benin Republic, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Emmanuel is currently the Regional Administrator of Occupational Safety and Health Association United Kingdom (OSHAssociation) Africa/Middle East Region, and he has coordinated local and international training and conferences for OSHAssociation. His training and workshops have had a great impact on private industries and public organisations.

 Andy Williams 

Andy Williams CPP FSyI, is Head of Corporate Security at Japanese Banking giant Nomura. Originally a Police Officer in London, an injury on duty brought his career to a premature halt in 1995. Once recovered, Andy spent just under three years working for the NHS in Risk Management posts, before moving into the private security sector, where he held several senior appointments, before joining Nomura in 2009.

In addition to his day job, Andy was Chairman of the UK Chapter of ASIS International until December 2015, when he stood down to progress into a European leadership role, as Assistant Regional Vice President, but remains a Director of the UK Chapter.

He has been Vice Chairman of the International Counter Terrorism network TINYg since September 2010, a Fellow of the Security Institute since 2012 and until some health issues arose in 2014, was Middle Warden of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. A role that he hopes to return to as soon as possible. Andy has written several articles for international security publications and has been interviewed on television in relation to security issues.

 Geoff Zeidler

Geoff Zeidler studied Engineering at Cambridge and then worked in strategic consulting at Bain & Co, and Investment Banking at Robert Fleming & Co where he ran the Defence, Industry and Technology team.  In 1997 he joined Spirent plc as the Director of Business Development to lead transformation into a TeleComs group through acquisitions; and then ran the Europe and Wireless Divisions.   He left in 2005 and worked as Interim Strategy Director at De La Rue before being appointed the Commercial Director for the Forensic Science Service working closely with the police and Home Office.

In 2008 Geoff was appointed Country President of Securitas in the UK & Ireland and following re-invigoration of the business lead the acquisitions and integration of Reliance and Chubb which quadrupled the size of the company to create the UK’s second largest manned guarding business.  In 2013, he returned to an advisory career assisting companies in the Business Services; Technology; Justice and Security markets to grow; either through transactions as a Partner in Wyvern Partners; or an advisor/investor as Director of GZC.  He Chairs the Police & Security Initiative with the National Police Chiefs Council on behalf of the BSIA.

As a non-Executive he was Chairman of the BSIA from 2012-14; and is currently Deputy Chairman of the SIA (ALB regulator of the Security Industry) and Chairman of Kings Solutions Group Ltd.